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Activists decry Washington state plan to kill wolves

SEATTLE —Washington state wildlife agents are preparing to kill up to four more gray wolves in the northeast corner of the state after investigators said the pack has injured or eaten livestock.

But seven environmental groups on Friday urged the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop the wolf kill, saying the agency has not proved beyond a doubt that the predators were responsible for the cattle deaths – or that it had exhausted other nonlethal means to keep the wolves and cows apart, The Seattle Times reported.

The conflict shaping up along the rugged wildlife-rich stretch of country in Northeast Washington is the first real test of the state’s management of wolves since the animals began returning to the state five years ago…

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